A Kosher and Halal multivitamin for pregnant women: a first in Canada

    LAVAL, QC, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Duchesnay is the first and only
pharmaceutical company in Canada that has received Kosher certification from
the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR) and Halal certification from the Islamic
Society of North America (ISNA) for its prescription prenatal multivitamins
PregVit folic 5 and PregVit.
    Therefore, Jewish and Muslim women now have access to a family of
prenatal vitamin and mineral supplements that comply with their religious
belief and related food standards. Jewish and Muslim populations in Canada are
approximately 350,000 and 1 million respectively.
    To be certified Kosher and Halal, the 27 active and inactive ingredients
contained in PregVit folic 5 and PregVit had to comply with the requirements
of the Jewish and Muslim religious laws pertaining to food (the ingredients
contained in PregVit folic 5 and PregVit do not contain animal by-products
from pork, bovine or chicken). Manufacturing, packaging and handling processes
also had to meet the certification standards. To maintain certification, the
PregVit folic 5 and PregVit manufacturing site is subject to periodic
inspections from the certification agencies.
    In addition, to meet the needs of thousands of women with celiac disease
or with lactose intolerance, Duchesnay has announced that PregVit folic 5 and
PregVit do not contain gliadin-gluten, lactose or tartrazine.
    Duchesnay is proud to dedicate the necessary resources to meet the needs
of women from various cultural or religious communities in Canada or with
special nutritional constraints.

    About Duchesnay

    Based in Laval, Québec, Duchesnay is the first pharmaceutical company to
dedicate itself exclusively to pregnant women and their newborns, to ensure
that expecting women who require pharmacological treatments for pre-existing
or pregnancy-related diseases have access to proper counselling and to
medications that are proven safe for them and for their newborns.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Walter, 1-888-666-0611,
media@duchesnay.com; www.duchesnay.com/media

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